615 Porous Media: Experiments and Simulations

Dorival Pedroso, The University of Queensland
Natural and manufactured porous media include soils, rocks, concrete, wood, food, drug pills, membranes, biological tissues, metal foams, and many others. The industries of Civil and Mechanical Engineering often require efficient and accurate models for designing materials and processes involving porous media. The benefits from studying and improving porous media are therefore large to a variety of science and technology applications; e.g. to multidisciplinary industries in Structural, Mechanical, Geotechnical, Food Processing or Biomedical engineering.

Mathematical models must be defined first to obtain practical solutions when dealing with porous media. These models must consider, for example, the whole coupled phenomena, where the effect of all independent constituents (e.g. liquid, gas, solids) contributes to the macroscopic behaviour. The Theory of Porous Media (TPM) provides a rational approach to develop these models. The TPM can also represent material behaviour with good accuracy and at the same time handle large scale applications due to its phenomenological approach inspired by physics.

This mini-symposium provides a forum of discussion for innovations in porous media mechanics, based on the TPM or not, including the presentation of purely experimental works or mainly computational researches with all range of combinations of experiments and simulations being welcome as well.